Should You Make the Switch to Rush Poker?

Rush poker
Rush-more? Or Rush-less?

It's fast and exciting for sure - but is it more profitable?

For those that have been living in a cave for the last few months, Rush Poker is a new game introduced by Full Tilt Poker which allows a player to eliminate all downtime between hands, keeping them in the action for the duration of their session.

The idea is that when you fold your hand you're moved to a new table with new opponents and instantly dealt a new hand.

As you can imagine, the game is action packed and a lot of fun. But that doesn't necessarily mean you should make it your regular game.

Before you quit traditional poker and make the switch you should really weigh the pros and cons.

Three Pros

1. Hands per hour - In a regular online Texas Hold'em game you're lucky to be dealt 80-90 hands per hour. Compare that to the 30 you get in a casino and you're laughing. But in Rush Poker you can be dealt over 250 hands per hour - depending on how fast you click!

A rakeback grinder's dream.

With more hands per hour comes more good hands - and more hands where you can exploit your edge. Furthermore, with more hands comes more rake. And with more rake comes more bonuses and rakeback, which for many players is a very high percentage of their total winnings.

2. No history - You're moved to a new table with new opponents every time you fold your hand. Playing a different opponent each hand makes it extremely difficult for your opponents to get a read on you.

You can use that as an advantage any way you like. If you only want to play aces and kings, your opponents probably won't catch on. If you want to three-bet every single button and small blind, same deal.

Rush Poker evens the playing field and takes out the read and tells aspects of the game, which you can use it to your advantage.

3. It's fun - The biggest advantage to Rush Poker is that it's action-packed and fun. It makes grinding less of a chore and the fun factor helps bring more fish into the game.

More hands vs. fish is a good thing. The only problem is that it's sometimes difficult to spot the fish until it's too late.

Three Cons

1. No history - This one's a pro and a con. It's a negative because as a good player you should be formulating reads. You should be observing your opponents and figuring out how they play and then using that information against them.

Phil Ivey
If you want to be Phil Ivey then Rush may not be for you.

When you change tables after every single hand it's impossible to truly understand how your opponent plays. You have to treat everyone the same and make ABC, generalized, decisions against everybody.

If you're a better player than your opponents, Rush Poker forces you to give up a percentage of your edge.

2. Tilt factor - Because you're playing so many more hands per hour, you're also dealt more bad beats and coolers than you would in a typical session.  Add in the fact that players are often turbo-folding waiting for aces and kings, and coolers happen seemingly all the time.

If you can't control the emotional side of your game and are susceptible to tilt you may have problems with Rush Poker - it's even easier to tilt when you can play 1,000 hands per hour on four tables.

3. It stunts your poker growth -  Maybe the biggest disadvantage to Rush Poker is the fact that it stunts your growth as a poker player. If you're happy grinding rake and winning a little and making a decent earn at $1/$2, then Rush Poker is great.

If however you would like to move up in stakes and improve as a poker player, Rush Poker is not for you.

To succeed in middle stakes and beyond you have to develop reads and use your reads against your opponents. Rush Poker teaches you to treat all of your opponents as equals. If you try and treat everyone the same at medium stakes and above you're going to bust your roll pretty fast.

Rush Poker is a great game and can be really fun to play. But you have to know what you want to be as a poker player to decide whether or not you should switch to the game full time.

Use my list and think of pros and cons of your own before deciding whether or not to make Rush Poker your full-time game.

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